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Transport: Autism

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department is developing a strategy for improving access to transport for people with autism. (307320)

The Department for Transport is aware that people with sensory sensitivities or who find it difficult to manage in crowds may also find difficulty in accessing transport. The Department will therefore be contributing to the design and delivery of the Government's Strategy for adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASCs).

The Department has already contributed to the Department of Health's Valuing People Now (VPN) strategy. A key feature for transport within the VPN strategy is travel training which helps to instil confidence in people to use public transport. We are looking at how best to encourage more travel training schemes across the country tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of people, including those with ASCs.